England's Most Haunted City
The Unliveable House
to the old Watergate that led out to the Port of
Chester, is number 102 Watergate Street
– the house where nobody wants to live.
For years the large, rambling Georgian house has been used as offices. Back in 1937, the building housed the drawing offices of the Chief Engineer for the army's Western Command. Staff were used to hearing inexplicable noises. But when two colleagues working late one night heard a long, drawn out rattling followed by a loud crash coming from a first floor room, their hair stood on end. A careful search, however, revealed nothing.
Several months later, a man dropped in unannounced to show his wife the “haunted house”. Staff were surprised when he told them he had been billeted there during World War I. Even then, he said, strange noises had come from the first floor room at the front. People eventually refused to sleep there. The house, he said, seemed destined to be offices forever.